Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kristy Hawkins

Age: 22
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 155 offseason; ~130 for competition (middleweight)

Contest history: I've competed in several local shows beginning at age 17. Last year, I began competing in the NPC and won the lightweight division at the Michigan Championships and placed 3rd at the Pittsburgh Open. In 2003, I won the middleweight division at the Ronnie Coleman Classic and the middleweight and overall at the Pittsburgh Open.

Future plans: Jr. Nationals

Education: I graduated from Texas A&M University in Dec 2002 with a B.S. in chemical engineering (suma cum laude and with honors). I am currently continuing my research at Texas A&M and taking graduate classes to allow me to focus on competing this year. In the fall, I will go to Caltech to pursue my PhD, also in chemical engineering. My research interests are in the area of directed evolution and protein engineering.

How I got into bodybuilding: I always struggled with my weight as an adolescent and naturally gravitated towards weight training when I was able to drive and pay for a gym membership at age 16. The owners saw my progress and dedication and convinced me to enter a competition they were hosting. They taught me all the basics of nutrition and contest prep and I was hooked. I continued competing at least once a year through college just as a hobby, but this past year, I have really taken it to the next level.

Precontest diet/training: I start preparing for a contest about 20 weeks out, increasing my training and cardio and watching my diet (although I'm still very strict in the offseason). This year, I have been lifting twice a day (training everything twice a week) and doing 2 hours of cardio except on leg days. My diet is high protein (2.5g/lb bodyweight), moderate fat, and zero carbs.

Kristy Hawkins (born August 28, 1980 in Longview, Texas) is an IFBB professional female bodybuilder from the United States.

Hawkins earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2002, graduating summa cum laude and with University and Foundation Honors. She read for her M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2005. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, also at Caltech.

Hawkins is currently studying chemical engineering in the area of metabolic engineering in yeast with an emphasis on inducible promoter systems and other strategies for fine-tuning expression of recombinant enzymes / proteins. She is primarily working to produce benzylisoquinoline alkaloids in S. cerevisiae, but has also constructed yeast strains which exhibit modified responses from the GAL promoter and is pursuing other RNA-based strategies for regulation by small molecules in vivo.

Kristy enjoys reading (during cardio), cross-stitching, and hiking.

1 Bodybuilding
2 Contest history
3 Best lifts (for reps)
4 External links

[edit] BodybuildingKristy always struggled with her weight growing up and found her way into the weight room at a young age while her mother did aerobics. At age 15, she got her own gym membership and went every day after school/work. The owners were hosting a competition and taught her the basics of training, nutrition, and posing, and she has competed every year since age 17. She has twice placed in the top four at the NPC Nationals.

[edit] Contest history1998 ANPPC Mississippi Open - 3rd (Novice Women Short Class)
1998 AAU Mr/Mrs Southwest America - 1st (Novice Women Medium Class) and Best Poser
1999 AAU Mr/Mrs Southwest America - 1st (Open Women Short Class) and Best Poser
2000 ANPPC Southwest USA Natural Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd (Novice Women Short Class)
2002 NPC Michigan Championships - 1st (LW)
2002 NPC Pittsburgh Open - 3rd (LW)
2003 NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic - 1st (MW)
2003 NPC Pittsburgh Open -1st (MW & Overall)
2003 NPC Lone Star Classic - 1st (HW & Overall)
2003 NPC Jr. Nationals - 4th (MW)
2004 NPC Jr. Nationals - 5th (LHW)
2004 IFBB North Americans - 4th (LHW)
2005 NPC Nationals - 4th (LHW)
2006 NPC Nationals - 3rd (LHW)
2007 NPC Nationals - 1st (LHW & Overall)
2008 IFBB Ms. International - 14th
2009 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 7th
[edit] Best lifts (for reps)Squat - 365 lb
Deadlift - 335 lb
Bench press - 225 lb
Dumbbell curls - 50 lb
Dumbbell rows - 140 lb
Lat pulldown - 260 lb

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